Appalachian author Billy C. Clark buried

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Appalachian author Billy C. Clark, who wrote about Kentucky's Big Sandy River region, has been buried in his hometown of Catlettsburg.

Clark died Sunday at his home in Farmville, Va.

David Puckett of the Puckett Funeral Home in Farmville confirmed Clark's death Friday. Puckett said Clark was buried on Thursday.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Clark was known as "the chronicler of the Big Sandy region" through his 16 books and numerous short stories and poems.

He was probably best known for 1960's "A Long Row to Hoe," the story of a poor family living where the Big Sandy and Ohio rivers come together.

Clark became writer-in-residence at Longwood University in Farmville in 1986.

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